Student Services

Early College Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Dual Enrollment?

The Early College Program, (Dual Enrollment/Early Admission) at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) allows qualified high school students to enroll in selected college courses to satisfy high school graduation requirements and the associate degree. Students wanting to enroll in Dual Enrollment courses should initiate the enrollment process with their high school counselor and/or home school liaison, as high school graduation requirements have to be verified prior to registration. Most college costs are waived.

Who can Dual Enroll?

Dual Enrollment is an acceleration program whereby students must meet all qualifying criteria by the stated deadline each semester to be considered:

  • 3.0 unweighted high school  G.P.A.
  • Qualifying placement test scores on: PERT, SAT, or ACT (see Minimum Qualifying Test Scores) Placement Test Results Chart
  • Approval of high school or home school liaison
  • Parental approval
  • Enrolled in a school or organization which has a formal Articulation Agreement with SCF for the Early College Program.

Students who earn less than a “C” in a course or withdraw or are withdrawn from a course will not be eligible to participate in dual enrollment the following semester 

All Dual Enrollment Documentation Must be Submitted by:

  • Spring  Deadline - December 1st
  •  Fall Deadline - May 15th

**No exceptions after the deadline

All paperwork:

  • Early College Application
  • Qualifying test scores 
  • Course approval form 

Each semester, course approval forms must be submitted in person to any of the SCF campuses before the student can register. Email and fax will not be accepted.                        

  1. Course registration must be complete by the deadline date. Holds will be placed on student accounts.                         
  2. Students must have an updated course approval form before adding/dropping classes after the deadline date.   IMPORTANT TO NOTE: All registration Adds and Drops are at the permission of the High School counselor.  

 What Is Early Admission?

Early Admission is a form of dual enrollment wherein qualified high school seniors enroll at SCF on a full-time basis not to exceed fifteen (15) credit hours. Requirements to participate in the Early Admission Program are the same as the requirements to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program. Most college costs are waived.

What is the Accelerated Dual Enrollment Program?

The Accelerated Dual Enrollment Program is a form of dual enrollment through which eligible high school students in grade 11 and 12 enroll at SCF on a full-time basis. This accelerated option allows the student to concurrently complete high school and college credits by attending classes at SCF. This program provides students with the opportunity to simultaneously earn an Associate's in Arts degree. This program is available to Manatee and Sarasota County residents.


Is Early College right for everyone?

Not necessarily.  Dual Enrollment is an opportunity to take challenging courses and accelerate educational opportunities. Students who successfully complete dual enrollment courses will save time toward their college degree and save money with free tuition and textbooks. However, the amount of work necessary to succeed in college level courses may be much greater than in high school courses. In addition, dual enrollment courses become a part of a student's permanent college transcript and will impact eligibility for financial aid and admission to other postsecondary institutions. Students need to consider future plans when deciding if dual enrollment is right for their situation.

How Do I Get Started?

  • Public/Private students visit high school counselor to obtain application, approval form and eligibility requirements. 
  • Homeschool students should email to get started
  • Provide all required documentation,  (qualifying test scores and Early College Approval Form) to the SCF Office of the Registrar. 

Where do I get my parking decal and student id?

Students must bring a photo ID and student ID- G# order to obtain their parking decal and SCF student id card. Bradenton 752-5550  Bldg 14, Rm 127, Venice 408-1550 Bldg 500, Rm 504 Lakewood Ranch 363-7155 Bldg 2MTSC, Rm 105

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